In this article Mr srinivas will show us how we can carry out Phishing attacks in a smart and effective way by using XSS vulnerabilities .This Phishing attack is a bit advanced and if your a newbie i would recommend you to read the following articles first
What is Cross Site Scripting?
It is a vulnerability typically found in web applications.A hacker can use this vulnerability to inject client-side script into web pages viewed by other users.
What can an attacker do with this?
Attackers can do the following things
- Steal user cookies and can take complete account takeover
- Steal data on web pages viewed by victim
- Deface pages viewed by victim
- Use web pages for phishing
Advantages over normal phishing:
In Normal phishing the victim will be given a link which is made by the hacker. A person with basic knowledge can recognize that it was a fake link.But in XSS the victim cannot suspect the link because it contains a trusted URL.
Demonstration Of XSS -Phishing
Steps involved in the attack
- Finding a XSS vulnerability
- Craft your link.
- Send the link to your victim
First we need to find a vulnerable website. This can be done using google. Go to google and search using the following Dork.
To test the vulnerability you can inject the following code in search fields,comment fields of your website.
<script>alert("you are hacked")</script>
Step 2: Craft your link.
In this step we have to craft a link from the vulnerability of the website.
Your link will look like
http://site.com/search.php?q=<script>alert("you are hacked")</script>
You can use your specially crafted link to steal your victim’s information just as in phishing.
This link is kept here for demonstration purpose only. I will not be held responsible if you do any thing illegal with this and this bug is not fixed yet. If google fixes it,it may not work.
http://www.101hacker.com/” with your fake login page’s link.Then it takes the victim to your fake login page.
Step 3:Send the link to your victim
Now you can send your specially crafted link to the victim by any means as you do in normal phishing.
This is such a dangerous vulnerability in web applications. It got 2nd rank in OWASP top 10 vulnerabilities.If a hacker finds this vulnerability in any of the bank websites, he can attempt a malicious attack against the customers of the bank and steal lots of information like credit cards, account numbers, passwords etc by simply sending a group mail to the customers of the bank.
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